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September 19, 1942

Functional Pathology

JAMA. 1942;120(3):246. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380078041

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The book deals with certain aspects of functional pathology with penetrating detail but cannot qualify as a comprehensive textbook of functional pathology. It reflects only the interest and personal experience of the author. Were this book entitled "Studies in Functional Pathology" it would occasion definite pleasant surprises rather than general disappointment. Despite this observation, the reviewer feels that this book would enrich the library of physicians searching for the mechanism of obscure functional changes. It emphasizes a point of view at the expense of factual observations—hence the preponderance of references to the earlier work in physiology and pathology. The chapters on the mechanism of blood diseases, hypertension and water metabolism are particularly well presented. The collection of photographs and arrangements of charts in themselves will easily compensate an interested purchaser.

To the credit of the author it is readily apparent that the discussions center about subjects of interest to him

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